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A sensual wash of sound....
on 17 March 2002
Endulge in this deep & magical journey of sounds created well over 25 years ago on very primitive equipment.
I fell in love with Rubycon the first time I heard it, it had all the right ingredience to take you to other places and beyond which sadly over the passing years TD, for me, slowly failed to do. Don't get me wrong TD has made some great music since 1975 but after 1978 the style change and the soundscape were not as lush or as warm as illustrated here.
Part 1 takes a while building up layers and creating the necessary space for a sombre atmosphere. Sounds drift in and out of your speakers with potent textures conjouring up a bleak landscape in the middle of winter at the Manor Studios. Then the magic of the Big Moog sweeps in like never before and off we go into pure synthesised sequences. Organs and mellotrons battle and tease for a place in the mix and all the time Franke plays with the filter to keep it all on the boil. If you were there in 1975 I think you would have been amazed.
Part 2 heaves, sighs and groans into action until a sawtooth fanfare brings in Chris in exception mood (moog) and again we are off on a magical ride thru your imagination. The ending is drawing to a close far too quickly with an ARP2600 processiong sounds of the sea mixed alongside lush strings and that mellotron flute floating thoughtful over the top.
If you enjoyed Phaedra this may be percived as a alternative direction to the one you might of expected from The Dream. It isn't as defined or as spacey as the '74 hit but for me was a neccessary step a culmination to date of all the things they had done on one record. However, like all TD albums, each one is unique and has its own space in the TD history books BUT savour the atmosphere created by these three muscians on what was basically a 'Rock' album although more akin to say Debussy's sound paintings then to Pink Floyd.
No other group have ever got this close or as brave since.